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was conducive of young people to where they focused on education, inside, and as i transitioned to the prison system, it's like, it automatically became a very fearful atmosphere. and i would like for viewers to know that inside this prison setting it's like an inner city of gangs, drugs, instead of guns there's knives and weapons. and there's also law enforcement. so this environment for me was very, very dangerous, and it wasn't conducive for me in rehabilitation. so you know, that was very -- with my experience, it was very -- a difficult situation for me. >> jody you're the co-founder of a victims rights group it is called the national organization for the victims of lifers. tell me why you started this organization. >> the reason why we started this organization was back in 2006, well, for me personally i woke up on a sunday morning to a news, my sister calling me asking if i had seen the morning newspaper which the headline read, second chances for juvenile offenders or something on that order and had the pictures of the offenders in my county that were convicted of first degree murder.
said i had everything material, but i didn't have an education, i didn't have a high school diploma. i was gang banging and selling drugs, and when you said that, i stopped. and i got my ged. and i knew i was complete. i got my car over here, and now i got my ged. and with this ged, i was able to take college courses at the community college. he said, when i walked in the doors of the community college, i saw a whole world that i didn't know existed. i'm sitting here in a $3 million house, with five whips outside, and i'm a lawyer. that's the type of corporate excitement that we want to generate. our association with these record companies and these big corporations, what is it going to do for our communities? what is it going to do for our nags? that's what we saw in people. people say, dmc, what you're saying, i'm 49 years old, and you're saying that because you're wiser and more mature and older, and i say that's true, young brother and sister, but everything i've been saying since i was 15 years old. check the record. ed ross, you're a member of the hiphop trio, and i know you have
, lower educational systems than their peers and they may become depressed or experience other health issues directly related to their circumstance. you had a rough upbringing when it came to your foster care. om oftentimes they say it's a pipeline toward incarceration and homeletsness. talk to us about your upbringing. >> i entered care at 11 months and by the age of 9, i was adopted by one foster family, but it was a very abusive adoption, and it ended up me by the age of 13, house surfing, not having a stable place to live. but by the age of 15, i was back in foster care. and let me push back it being hard for teens to adjust. i actually believe different. teenagers, we are resilient. we have shown that we can bounce back from many of the horrific and traumatic experiences that we see and now, new brain science is supporting the fact that we have this new and second chance to rewire our brains. so my, the reason i was yes ilient enough was because i had al docent who was supporting me. >> your foster child was 18 when you first took herein. did you worry that you weren't going to b
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